About CHAI

CHAI was founded in 2002 with a transformational goal: help save the lives of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the developing world by dramatically scaling up antiretroviral treatment.

When CHAI was founded, many viewed this goal as unreasonable because health systems in poor countries were too weak and prices of relevant drugs and diagnostic tests were too high.CHAI played a leadership role, working alongside governments and other partners, to lower the costs of treatment and help build the in-country systems necessary to provide lifesaving treatment to millions of people. Since then, CHAI has pursued several similarly ambitious goals, from scaling up pediatric AIDS treatment in order to achieve equity with adults in a timeframe few thought possible, to rapidly accelerating the rollout of new vaccines. CHAI has achieved many of its most important successes when seeking to fundamentally change the way the world approaches an issue and pushing the boundaries of what is considered feasible in global health.

Our Values

We are driven by a set of values that are fundamental to our work and that support our change-oriented agenda.

CHAI doesn’t implement stand-alone programs, nor does it build parallel health systems. Rather CHAI works at the invitation of governments to strengthen and sustain their own capacity to provide long-term healthcare to their citizens. In South Africa, for example, CHAI is supporting the government to expand antiretroviral treatment to more than 2.3 million people and to test over 15 million people for HIV in the next two years.

CHAI PartnershipsLearn more about our partnerships and how we work with governments.

We take on the programs most likely to create massive and lasting change.

CHAI tends to work on large, catalytic, “game-changing” opportunities rather than small implementation projects. When CHAI began leading global efforts in 2005 to treat children with HIV/AIDS, only one in forty children in need of treatment received it. Today, the number is roughly one in three.

CHAI ProgramsLearn more about our programs and how we approach lasting change.

We are action-oriented and impatient.

It is unacceptable that millions of people continue to die every year from diseases that we can prevent and treat cost-effectively. CHAI’s 600+ staff are driven by this urgency. We work in many areas where others can’t or won’t. When CHAI first began work in Liberia in 2006, for example, the health infrastructure was destroyed and there were only 160 doctors in the entire country. While much work remains, CHAI has helped the government to strengthen its hospital system and to increase the number of people on AIDS drugs by five-fold. If current progress is maintained, Liberia will provide universal access to AIDS drugs for its people by 2013.

CHAI in ActionRead about CHAI's work in Liberia

We economize.

Globally, CHAI negotiates price reductions for drugs and diagnostics while also working to increase the quality of these commodities. To date, more than 70 countries have access to lower priced drugs as a result of CHAI’s work with pharmaceutical companies. 3.9 million people – representing nearly 70% of people being treated for HIV/AIDS globally – have benefited from these reduced-price medicines. We’ve helped countries save more than $1 billion by reducing the price of some drugs by 60-90% in the past three years. Internally, CHAI has lower overhead and leaner operating costs than most other organizations in global health. Our staff are highly-motivated people who often come from the private sector with a results-oriented management or entrepreneurial background, and have been willing to make sacrifices, including significant pay cuts, to join us.

CHAI PartnershipsLearn more about our work in partnership with the Cambodian government.


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